The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Dec. 10 for the conduct of the outstanding National and State Assembly elections in Rivers.
A statement by the Secretary to the commission, Mrs Auguta Ogakwu, on Thursday in Abuja said that the commission had also approved Dec. 3 to conduct election for the vacant Ifako/Ijaiye seat of Lagos state in the House of Representatives.
The seat became vacant following the death of the member who represented the constituency in the house, Mr Adewale Oluwatayo, in July. On the same day, according to the statement, the commission will also conclude rescheduled councillorship polls in some area councils in the Federal Capital Territory. “After months of intensive planning and wide consultations, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday approved the conduct of Lagos’ House of Representative election on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016. “Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Councillorship election will also hold on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016. “Rivers, National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) and State House of Assembly elections on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016,” the statement said.
It would be recalled that the National Assembly on Wednesday, gave INEC Dec. 10 deadline to conduct pending elections in Rivers and other parts of the country. The Senate also threatened to suspend plenary if the commission failed to meet the deadline.